Two days of patrol in a row, it couldn’t be better than that.
On the 20th and the 21st of December my colleagues and I boarded one of the coast guard’s fast response boat the 211 and went to patrol the Port of Victoria as well as the Eden island. During the one hour of patrol we all got the chance to steer the boat, and I can assure you that this was very exciting. Us, the girls definitely gave the guys onboard a big challenge.
Now, back to the important stuff. When it comes to the blue economy of our country, the Seychelles Coast Guard alongside their colleagues the Seychelles Air Force work in collaboration to help patrol and protect our EEZ from illegal activities which take place in our waters. They also try their best to attend to those in distress and to help save lives.
In general, these two units make sure that their equipment, hardware and software are updated and are functioning properly according to the set standards, and they also make sure that they have trained personnel so that they can operate. Despite some defiance that they encounter, they place their duties before themselves as they know that our country depends on every steps they take in protecting our blue economy. Therefore, I salute these men and women who has devoted their time to this field.
Friday was my last day attached to the sea, and now goodbyes came as the most difficult part to deal with. It felt like being spiked in the stomach, but this time I kept my promise of not to shed a single tear. I will surely miss my dear friends and colleagues Ms. Camilla and Ms. Johnise, as well as O/Cdt Elizabeth and O/Cdt Cecile our mentors and guiders. These guys have shown me the real meaning of friendship and support throughout this internship programme.
Oh well that’s it folks.
There are more to come.
I’ll keep you posted.